Big Ideas

“What is miss­ing I think from the equa­tion in our strug­gle today is that we must unleash rad­i­cal thought. … Amer­ica has never been moved to per­fect our desire for greater democ­racy with­out rad­i­cal think­ing and rad­i­cal voices being at the helm of any such a quest.” We Must Unleash Radical Thought, Harry Belafonte,  February 2013  - 

 “Millions of people around the world find themselves searching for a more meaningful, relevant, and profound way to engage with life. Not only do they want to become more conscious as individuals, they want to personally participate in the creation of a better world…The fourteen-billion-year project that is our evolving universe has reached a critical juncture where it needs conscious, creative human beings to help build the next step, together.” Andrew Cohen, Conscious evolution for thinking people, EnlightenNext magazine

The big picture

The Big The­o­ries Under­writ­ing Soci­ety Are Crash­ing All Around Us — Are You Ready for a New World? by Ter­rence McNally, Alter­Net, Jan­u­ary 27, 2010…Many of the ideas and insti­tu­tions that define our cul­ture are break­ing down — and that’s a good thing…today’s crises are part of a nat­ural process — clear­ing out what no longer serves us to make room for a new way of being…We can no longer afford to indulge out­dated world­views. In order to deal with the crises we now face, we’ve got to act on the new real­i­ties and under­stand­ings revealed by science…Rather than focus­ing on what’s com­ing apart, we want peo­ple to under­stand that this cri­sis makes it pos­si­ble to move to a much higher level of evolution.…Every cell counts. Every human counts.

Human nature

Scientists find visions of a benevolent future society motivate reform By Eric W. Dolan, Wash­ing­ton Post, March 21, 2013 — Activists, take note: Peo­ple sup­port reform if they believe the changes will enhance the future char­ac­ter of society…people sup­port a future soci­ety that fos­ters the devel­op­ment of warm and moral individuals… If you can com­mu­ni­cate how a pol­icy will serve its pri­mary func­tion and help community-building, our research sug­gests you will gain broader pub­lic support.

Multiple crises

The Fate of Humanity Is at Stake Noam Chom­sky, Alter­Net, Octo­ber 5, 2012…There are two issues of over­whelm­ing sig­nif­i­cance, because the fate of the species is at stake: envi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ter, and nuclear war…gov­ern­ments have not responded to the change with any…urgency…This reac­tion demon­strates an extra­or­di­nary will­ing­ness to sac­ri­fice the lives of our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren for short-term gain. Or, per­haps, an equally remark­able will­ing­ness to shut our eyes so as not to see the impend­ing peril… Pas­siv­ity may be the easy course, but it is hardly the hon­or­able one.

Civilization

What is civilization by Will Durant — Civ­i­liza­tion is social order pro­mot­ing cul­tural cre­ationIt begins where chaos and inse­cu­rity end.Man dif­fers from the beast only by edu­ca­tion, which may be defined as the tech­nique of trans­mit­ting civilization…

Values

The Values Question by David Brooks,New York Times, November 24, 2009 — …all great public issues…[are] a debate about what kind of country we want America to be. During the first many decades of this nation’s existence, the United States was a wide-open, dynamic country with a rapidly expanding economy. It was also a country that tolerated a large amount of cruelty and pain — poor people living in misery, workers suffering from exploitation. Over the years, Americans decided they wanted a little more safety and security. This is what happens as nations grow wealthier; they use money to buy civilization…

Global values

Global economic crisis also values crisis - Davos poll — by Tom Henegan, Religion Editor, New Frontiers, Reuters, January 27, 2010 – Two-thirds of people around the world think the global economic crisis is also a crisis of ethical values that calls for more honesty, transparency and respect for others, according to a World Economic Forum poll. Almost as many name business as the sector that should stress values more to foster a better world, said the poll for the Forum’s annual Davos summit that opened on Wednesday

Compassion and empathy

The Empathic Civilization by Jeremy Rifkin, Interview by Amanda Gefter, New Scientist.com, February 17, 2010 …before we can save ourselves from climate change we have to break a vicious circle and embrace a new model of society based on scientists’ new understanding of human nature…We have to think deeper, to think as a human family… Empathy is the invisible social glue that allows a complex individuated society to remain integrated…

Wisdom

Wisdom: The Forgotten Dimension?  by Mary Jaksch,  January 12, 2013…Wisdom means having the moral will to do right by other people, and to have the moral skill to figure out what doing right means. This is not a new idea; it is something that Aristotle taught that in ancient Greece.…A wise person takes the overviewCompassionate action – the outflow of wisdom – happens when we stop being the center of our concern . Then we can open up to a wider view of reality that includes the suffering of others, as well as our own – and  respond with compassion.

Critical thinking

Dark Ages Redux: American Politics and the End of the Enlightenment by John Atcheson, Common Dreams, June 18, 2012 — We are witnessing an epochal shift in our socio-political world… Much of what has made the modern world in general, and the United States in particular, a free and prosperous society comes directly from insights that arose during the Enlightenment. Too bad we’re chucking it all out and returning to the Dark Ages…Now, we seek to operate by revealed truths, not reality.  Decrees from on high – often issued by an unholy alliance of religious fundamentalists, self-interested corporations, and greedy fat catsare offered up as reality by rightwing politicians…Second, the Enlightenment laid the groundwork for our form of government. The Social Contract is the intellectual basis of all modern democratic republics, including ours.  John Locke and others argued that governments derived their authority from the governed, not from divine right.  Governments could be legitimate, then, only with the consent of the governed. Jefferson acknowledged Locke’s influence on the Declaration of Independence and his ideas are evident in the Constitution. Here again, our founders used reason, empiricism and academic scholarship to cobble together one of the most enduring and influential documents in human history.  For all its flaws, it has steered us steadily toward a more perfect union. Until recently… We are, indeed, at an epochal threshold.  We can continue to discard the Enlightenment values which enabled both an untold increase in material wealth and a system of government which turned serfs into citizens.  A system which – for all its flaws – often managed to protect the rights of the many, against the predatory power of the few. Or we can continue our abject surrender to myths, magical thinking, and self-delusion and the Medieval nation-state those forces are resurrecting. Republicans and Tea Partiers may be leading this retreat from reason, but they are unopposed by Democrats or the Press. And in the end, there is a special place in Hell for those who allow evil to prosper by doing nothing. 

Climate change and overcoming denial

The Earth Is Full by Thomas L. Fried­man, New York Times, June 7, 2011 — You really do have to won­der whether a few years from now we’ll look back at the first decade of the 21st century…and ask our­selves: What were we think­ing? How did we not panic when the evi­dence was so obvi­ous that we’d crossed some growth/climate/natural resource/population red­lines all at once? “The only answer can be denial,” argues Paul Gild­ing… “When you are sur­rounded by some­thing so big that requires you to change every­thing about the way you think and see the world, then denial is the nat­ural response. But the longer we wait, the big­ger the response required.”…we are cur­rently grow­ing at a rate that is using up the Earth’s resources far faster than they can be sus­tain­ably replen­ished, so we are eat­ing into the future. Right now, global growth is using about 1.5 Earths.…That is what hap­pens when one gen­er­a­tion in one coun­try lives at 150 per­cent of sus­tain­able capac­ity….…We will real­ize, he pre­dicts, that the consumer-driven growth model is bro­ken and we have to move to a more happiness-driven growth model, based on peo­ple work­ing less and own­ing less. “We are head­ing for a crisis-driven choice,” he says. “We either allow col­lapse to over­take us or develop a new sus­tain­able eco­nomic model. We will choose the lat­ter. We may be slow, but we’re not stupid.” 

Common good

How the Com­mon Good Is Trans­form­ing Our World by Dou­glas LaBier, HuffingtonPost.com, Octo­ber 17, 2010  … a steadily grow­ing con­scious­ness and behav­ior that refo­cuses per­sonal lives and pub­lic poli­cies towards pro­mot­ing the com­mon good. By the “com­mon good” I’m refer­ring to a broad evo­lu­tion beyond val­ues and actions that serve nar­row self-interest, and towards those guided by inclu­sive­ness — sup­port­ing well-being, eco­nomic suc­cess, secu­rity, human rights and stew­ard­ship of resources for the ben­e­fit of all, rather than just for some….It’s an aware­ness of inter­con­nec­tion of all lives on this planet, and a pull towards act­ing upon that real­ity in a range of ways. They include rethink­ing per­sonal rela­tion­ships, the respon­si­bil­ity of busi­ness to soci­ety, and the role of gov­ern­ment in an inter­de­pen­dent world.

Politics and power

America’s War for Reality by Robert Parry,  Jan­u­ary 15, 2013 by Con­sor­tium News — The real strug­gle con­fronting the United States… is test­ing whether fact-based peo­ple have the same deter­mi­na­tion to fight for their real-world view as those who oper­ate in a fact-free space do in defend­ing their illu­sions.….Sim­ply put, the Right fights harder for its fan­ta­sy­land than the rest of Amer­ica does for the real world. The Amer­i­can Right’s col­lec­tive depar­ture from real­ity can be traced back decades, but clearly accel­er­ated with the emer­gence of for­mer actor Ronald Rea­gan on the national stage…Facts didn’t mat­ter; results did… this strat­egy wouldn’t have worked if not for gullible rank-and-file right-wingers who were manip­u­lated by an end­less series of false nar­ra­tives. The Repub­li­can polit­i­cal pros manip­u­lated the racial resent­ments of neo-Confederates, the reli­gious zeal of fun­da­men­tal­ist Chris­tians, and the free-market hero wor­ship of Ayn Rand acolytes…That these tech­niques suc­ceeded in a polit­i­cal sys­tem that guar­an­teed free­dom of speech and the press was not only a tes­ta­ment to the skills of Repub­li­can oper­a­tives like Lee Atwa­ter and Karl Rove. It was an indict­ment of America’s timid Cen­ter and the nation’s inef­fec­tual Left. Sim­ply put, the Right fought harder for its fan­ta­sy­land than the rest of Amer­ica did for the real world…This post-modern United States may have reached its nadir with George W. Bush’s pres­i­dency. In 2002-03, patently false claims were made about Iraq’s WMD and vir­tu­ally no one in a posi­tion of power had the courage to chal­lenge the lies… the nation lurched off into an aggres­sive war of choicethe United States con­tin­ues to see the con­se­quences of three decades of right-wing delusions…The coun­try is going to need its con­scious inhab­i­tants of the real world to stand up with at least the same deter­mi­na­tion as the deluded denizens of the made-up world. Of course, this fight will be nasty and unpleas­ant. It will require resources, patience and tough­ness. But there is no other answer. Real­ity must be recov­ered and pro­tected – if the planet and the chil­dren are to be saved. 

It’s Time to Fight the Status Quo by Bill McKibben,  Solutions Time For Outrage On Behalf of the Planet, June 7, 2012…slogans and proposals and will mean nothing without the requisite power standing behind themAll along, two things have been clear. One, the scientists who warned us about climate change were absolutely correct…Two, we have much of the technological know-how we need to make the leap past fossil fuel…We need politicians more afraid of voter outrage than they are of corporate retribution…So, if we have an emergency, and we have the tools to fight it, the only question is why we’re not doing so. And the answer, I think, is clear…They go against the power of the status quo, and hence they will be enacted only if we build movements strong enough to force them…We’ll never get the solutions we need—the solutions everyone has known about for two decades—unless we build the movement first.

Culture wars

We the People, and the New American Civil War by Robert Reich, Com­mon Dreams, Novem­ber 6, 2012 .…I think the degree of venom we’re expe­ri­enc­ing has deeper roots.…In other words, white working-class men have been on the los­ing end of a huge demo­graphic and eco­nomic shift. That’s made them a tinder-box of frus­tra­tion and anger – eagerly ignited by Fox News, Rush Lim­baugh, and other peddlers of petu­lance, includ­ing an increas­ing num­ber of Repub­li­cans who have gained polit­i­cal power by fan­ning the flames. That hate-mongering and atten­dant scape­goat­ing – of immi­grants, blacks, gays, women this degree of divi­sive­ness would have taken root had Amer­ica pre­served the social sol­i­dar­ity we had two gen­er­a­tions ago. The Great Depres­sion and World War II reminded us we were all in it together. We had to depend on each other in order to sur­vive. That sense of mutual depen­dence tran­scended our disagreements…The chal­lenge – not only for our pres­i­dent and rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Wash­ing­ton but for all of us – is to redis­cover the public good.

America’s story

The Con­sti­tu­tion is inher­ently pro­gres­sive by John Podesta and John Halpin, Politico.com, Octo­ber 10, 2011 - Pro­gres­sives dis­agree strongly with tea party views on gov­ern­ment, tax­a­tion, pub­lic spend­ing, reg­u­la­tions and social wel­fare poli­cies……As pro­gres­sives, we believe in using the inge­nu­ity of the pri­vate sec­tor and the pos­i­tive power of gov­ern­ment to advance com­mon pur­poses and increase free­dom and oppor­tu­nity…Cou­pled with basic beliefs in fair play, open­ness, coop­er­a­tion and human dig­nity, it is this pro­gres­sive vision that in the past cen­tury helped build the strongest econ­omy in his­tory and allowed mil­lions to move out of poverty and into the mid­dle class. It is the basis for Amer­i­can peace and pros­per­ity as well as greater global coop­er­a­tion in the post­war era…the story of Amer­ica has also been the story of a good nation, con­ceived in lib­erty and equal­ity, even­tu­ally wel­com­ing every Amer­i­can into the arms of democ­racy, pro­tect­ing their free­doms and expand­ing their eco­nomic opportunities…

Democracy of the people, by the people and for the people – the only countervailing force sufficient to stand up to the power of money

Democracy Should Be a Brake on Unbridled Greed and Power - Bill Moyers…Interview with Amy Goodman, Democracy Now — The greatest change in politics in my time has been the transformation of democracy, America, from a citizens’ society, the moral agency…to a consumer society, where most of us are caught up on that treadmill, trying to get more…I think this country is in a very precarious state at the moment….the escalating, accumulating power of organized wealth is snuffing out everything public… I think we’re at a very critical moment in the equilibrium. No society, no human being, can survive without balance, without equilibrium…We don’t have equilibrium now. The power of money trumps the power of democracy today…democracy should be a break on unbridled greed and power, because capitalism…can turn from a servant, a good servant, into an evil master. And democracy is the brake on my passions and my appetites and your greed and your wealth. And we have to get that equilibrium back… you have to exercise your will optimistically, believing that each of us singly, and all of us collectively, can be an agent of change. And I have to get up every morning and imagine a more confident future, and then try to do something that day to help bring it about.

Threats to democracy

Democracy in America Is a Series of Narrow Escapes, and We May Be Running Out of Luck by Bill Moyers, May 17, 2008 , CommonDreams.orgThe reigning presumption about the American experience…is grounded in the idea of progress, the conviction that the present is “better” than the past and the future will bring even more improvement. For all of its shortcomings, we keep telling ourselves, “The system works.” Now all bets are off. We have fallen under the spell of money, faction, and fear, and the great American experience in creating a different future together has been subjugated to individual cunning in the pursuit of wealth and power …there is a class war and ordinary people are losing it.extremes of wealth and poverty cannot be reconciled with a genuinely democratic politics. When the state becomes the guardian of power and privilege to the neglect of justice for the people as a whole, it mocks the very concept of government as proclaimed in the preamble to our Constitution…Our democracy has prospered most when it was firmly anchored in the idea that “We the People” — not just a favored few — would identify and remedy common distempers and dilemmas and win the gamble our forebears undertook when they espoused the radical idea that people could govern themselves wisely.

Republican extremism

Let’s just say it: The Repub­li­cans are the prob­lem By Thomas E. Mann and Nor­man J. Orn­stein, Wash­ing­ton Post, April 27, 2012
….We have been study­ing Wash­ing­ton pol­i­tics and Con­gress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dys­func­tional. In our past writ­ings, we have crit­i­cized both par­ties when we believed it was war­ranted. Today, how­ever, we have no choice but to acknowl­edge that the core of the prob­lem lies with the Repub­li­can Party….The GOP has become an insur­gent out­lier in Amer­i­can pol­i­tics. It is ide­o­log­i­cally extreme; scorn­ful of com­pro­mise; unmoved by con­ven­tional under­stand­ing of facts, evi­dence and sci­ence; and dis­mis­sive of the legit­i­macy of its polit­i­cal oppo­si­tion.
When one party moves this far from the main­stream, it makes it nearly impos­si­ble for the polit­i­cal sys­tem to deal con­struc­tively with the country’s challenges.

Citizen education and participation

We have an open­ing in this cri­sis for a deep trans­for­ma­tion in Amer­i­can politics…But it requires peo­ple — this is the hard part — to get out of their sort of pas­sive resignation…and engage among them­selves in a much more seri­ous role as citizens…to force the chang­ing val­ues of the sys­tem. William Grieder being inter­viewed by Bill Moy­ers, July 24, 2008 

Education

“The new edu­ca­tion must be less con­cerned with sophis­ti­ca­tion than com­pas­sion…The old empha­sis upon super­fi­cial dif­fer­ences that sep­a­rate peo­ples must give way to edu­ca­tion for cit­i­zen­ship in the human com­mu­nity…Human des­tiny is the issue. Peo­ple will respond.”  Nor­man Cousins

Economic justice

Trickle-Down Cruelty and the Politics of Austerity by Henry A. Giroux, Truthout | Op-Ed , July 11, 2011 …Any society that allows the market to constitute the axis and framing mechanisms for all social interactions has not just lost its sense of morality and responsibility; it is given up its claim on any vestige of a democratic future. Market fundamentalism along with its structure of extreme inequality and machinery of cruelty has proven to be a death sentence on democracy. The time has come…to rethink what a real democracy might look like and to consider what it will take to actually organize collectively to make it happen.

Imagining a new economics

Reclaiming Our Imaginations from ‘There Is No Alternative’ by Andrea Brower, Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 25, 2013 by Com­mon Dreams — We live in a time of heavy fog. A time when, though many of us dis­sent and resist, human­ity seems com­mit­ted to a course of col­lec­tive sui­cide in the name of pre­serv­ing an eco­nomic sys­tem that gen­er­ates scarcity no mat­ter how much is actu­ally pro­duced. To demand that all have enough to eat on a planet that grows enough food, that absurd num­bers of peo­ple do not die from pre­ventable dis­ease, that utter human depri­va­tion amongst plenty is not tol­er­ated, or that we put the nat­ural laws of the bios­phere above socially con­structed eco­nomic “laws” — is pre­sented as unre­al­is­tic, as the fan­tasy of ide­al­ists or those who are naive to the “com­plex­ity” of the world’s prob­lems. If we cre­ate and recre­ate the world every ­day, then how has it become so sup­pos­edly absurd to believe we might actu­ally cre­ate a world that is hon­estly mak­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties of egal­i­tar­i­an­ism, jus­tice and democracy? Cap­i­tal­ism — the logic of sub­or­di­nat­ing every aspect of life to the accu­mu­la­tion of profit (i.e. the “rules of the mar­ket”) — has become today’s “com­mon sense.” It has become almost unthink­able to imag­ine coher­ent alter­na­tives to this logic, even when con­sid­er­ing the most basic of human needs — food, water, health­care, edu­ca­tion. Though many have an under­stand­ing of capitalism’s fail­ings, there is a res­ig­na­tion towards its inevitability…What sus­tains the tragic myth that There Is No Alter­na­tive? Those com­mit­ted to build­ing a more just future must begin re-thinking and reveal­ing the taken-for-granted assump­tions that make cap­i­tal­ism “com­mon sense,” and bring these into the realm of main­stream pub­lic debate in order to widen hori­zons of possibility…

Failure of the main stream media

How the Mainstream Press Bungled the Single Biggest Story of the 2012 Campaign by Dan Froomkin, Huff­in­g­ton Post, 12/07/2012 — Con­tribut­ing edi­tor, Nie­man Reports … cov­er­age in 2012 was a par­tic­u­larly calami­tous fail­ure, almost entirely miss­ing the sin­gle biggest story of the race: Namely, the rad­i­cal right-wing, off-the-rails lurch of the Repub­li­can Party, both in terms of its agenda and its rela­tion­ship to the truth… Democ­rats were hardly inno­cent but…the Repub­li­can cam­paign was just far more over the top.”…[Mann and Orn­stein] dra­mat­i­cally rejected the stric­tures of false equiv­a­lency that bind so much of the capital’s media…The 2012 cam­paign …exposed how fab­u­lists and liars can exploit the elite media’s fear of being seen as tak­ing sides… if the story that you’re telling repeat­edly is that they’re all…equally to blame — then you’re really doing a dis­ser­vice to vot­ers, and not doing what jour­nal­ism is supposed to do…

America’s Soul

Crimes Against the Soul of America by Caroline Myss, Huffington Post, September 5, 2009  There is such a thing as a crime against the soul of a nation. A person or a political party can deliberately incite actions that diminish the strength, the integrity, and the overall well-being of a nation’s inner core. America’s soul is in a fragile state. It has suffered severe violations over the course of this past decade and to lesser degrees, in previous decades…of all the crimes covertly and overtly committed by the Bush administration against the soul of America, none is as vile as the deliberate efforts they poured into turning American against American. We see that in the near hatred between the Republicans and Democrats, between liberals and conservatives, between free-thinkers and evangelicals that continues to fester. This crime was a strategic one, a well thought out plan to fragment the people of this nation in a type of contemporary replay of the Civil War. And sadly, the Republicans succeeded. Thank you, Karl Rove. The result is that the soul of America is exhausted, wounded, mistrusting, suspicious, fearful — and compromised. This is not a soul that can rebuild a country, not if you know anything about the laws of nature and the fundamentals of healing…A conscious effort to “dumb down” the education of this nation qualifies as a crime against the soul of America.…I deeply believe the soul of our nation can’t take much more of their strategy of deliberate division against the people of their own nation. That is a true crime — and perhaps their greatest crime — against the soul of this great nation.

Moral politics

A Values– and Vision-Based Political Dream by Benjamin Mordecai Ben-Baruch, Tikkun, Winter 2011, We need leaders and organizers to inspire people and communities to act on their values and hopes. We need help articulating our values and vision of the ideal future. Right-wing successes have been achieved by appealing to peoples’ fears, hatreds and prejudices. But the politics of hope is stronger than politics of fear. Imagining our future based on our highest ideals can mobilize us to overcome the paralysis of fear and hatred. The politics of hope is not issue oriented, and people who share the same values and vision often disagree on the issues…We need to go beyond issue-oriented politics and the politics of fear to a public discourse focused on articulating our vision for the ideal future and what that future would look like. We need a vision of a society without the injustices of poverty and social inequality. We need a dream..

Spiritual progressives

Idealism, Conscience And The Spiritual Left by William Horden, Huffington Post, March 1, 2010  …Spiritual Left did not, of course, originate with the 60s.…it dates back at least to 1838, when Emerson and other Transcendentalists began their quest for a path “away from the old ‘religions of authority’ into a new ‘religion of the spirit.’”…sought a first-hand experience of the divine grounded in nature and community rather than institutionalized dogma. Rooted deep in the grain of American culture, the Spiritual Left has long acted as the progressive conscience of the nation, championing as it did from its very beginning unpopular causes like abolition and women’s rights… Amorphous and anti-authoritarian, the Spiritual Left is perhaps best defined as a borderless association of leaders. Free thinkers and independent seekers of spirituality beyond dogma, its members engage in–and disengage from–political activism as a matter of personal conviction, not ordained groupthink…The Political Left will need to return to the moral high ground of progressive American thought and give voice to the American conscience of compassion if it is to recapture the imagination and heart of its spiritual counterpart. It has to want to change the world for the better, not just get elected…

Imagination

A Time for ‘Sublime Madness’ by Chris Hedges, Jan­u­ary 21, 2013 by TruthDig.com - The planet we have assaulted will convulse with fury. The senseless greed of limitless capitalist expansion will implode the global economy. The decimation of civil liberties, carried out in the name of fighting terror, will shackle us to an interconnected security and surveillance state that stretches from Moscow to Istanbul to New York. To endure what lies ahead we will have to harness the human imagination…It is the imagination that makes possible transcendence…“Ultimately, the artist and the revolutionary function as they function, and pay whatever dues they must pay behind it because they are both possessed by a vision, and they do not so much follow this vision as find themselves driven by it,” wrote James Baldwin. “Otherwise, they could never endure, much less embrace, the lives they are compelled to lead.”

Global Convergence

A Global Convergence of Social Movements?  By Joe Brewer, Chaotic Ripple, Cognitive Policy Works In Collaboration, Economic Patterns, Social Change on May 24, 2011 — What will the world look like in 2050? 2070? 2100?…Imagine if the major social movements of the world — sustainability, global justice, world federalism, corporation reform, open collaboration, and social finance – were to congeal into a new way of being.  There are trends that suggest this is already happening.  We can help amplify this convergence.  Or we can suppress it…

Global Consciousness

We May Be Wit­ness­ing the First Large Global Con­flict Where Peo­ple Are Aligned by Con­scious­ness and Not Nation State or Reli­gion By Naomi Wolf, Al Jazeera Eng­lish, Posted on AlterNet.org, Novem­ber 1, 2011  …Sud­denly, the United States looks like the rest of the furi­ous, protest­ing, not-completely-free world. Indeed, most com­men­ta­tors have not fully grasped that a world war is occur­ring. But it is unlike any pre­vi­ous war in human his­tory: for the first time, peo­ple around the world are not iden­ti­fy­ing and organ­is­ing them­selves along national or reli­gious lines, but rather in terms of a global con­scious­ness and demands for a peace­ful life, a sus­tain­able future, eco­nomic jus­tice and basic democ­racy. Their enemy is a global “cor­po­ra­toc­racy” that has pur­chased gov­ern­ments and leg­is­la­tures, cre­ated its own armed enforcers, engaged in sys­temic eco­nomic fraud, and plun­dered trea­suries and ecosystems…

Transformation

The Great Turn­ing: The End of Empire and the Rise of Earth Com­mu­nity by David Kor­ten, Jan­u­ary 27, 2008 …find­ing a path­way to a viable human future is the Great Work of our time…Our envi­ron­men­tal, social, and eco­nomic sys­tems are col­laps­ing around us….This is a defin­ing moment for the human species. We have a brief win­dow of oppor­tu­nity to nav­i­gate the pas­sage from a self-destructive Era of Empire, char­ac­ter­ized by 5,000 years of vio­lent dom­i­na­tion, to an Era of Earth Com­mu­nity char­ac­ter­ized by peace­ful partnership.…This is arguably the most excit­ing time to be alive in the whole of the human expe­ri­ence. Cre­ation is call­ing us to rein­vent our cul­tures, our insti­tu­tions and our­selves. It is in our hands. We have the power. We are the one’s we’ve been waiting for.

Peace and prosperity for all

5 Ways to Achieve World Peace and Prosperity — 2048: Humanity’s Agreement to Live Together  …One of the most pernicious myths is that peace and prosperity are hopelessly complicated and unattainable…This is untrue. Peace and prosperity can be attained through the realization of five basic fundamental freedoms, for all people, everywhere in the world. They are: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, freedom for the environment, and freedom from fear…The problem is those who are presently profiting…have an interest in maintaining the status quo. It is time for the human rights community to have the strength and daring to band together so that we have the clout to stand up to this narrow-minded view…Awareness can be created with … only 1% of humanity to share the news…This 1% of humanity already exists…now the Internet and 2048 are bringing all these communities together…


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